Is it cheaper and can be found at Home Depot? Also you didn't answer my concern about the handle, it looks like with the size of the blade and the handle only being connected on the lower side it'd pop clean off with the most normal of swings?
I don't know about it being cheaper, it's normally about $4 a foot. To keep the handle strong I make the whole thing out out one piece of wood, and it's reinforced by the layers of wood on the handle. However, if you're still worried about strength, I could always make it from oak, which is stronger, but the grain would be harder to hide. The good thing is you'd be hard pressed to break it
Alright, I was just curious because it looks like a weapon I wouldn't mind trying to make myself. Oak is pretty expensive though, so is mahogany. Would the grain possibly be hidden if you used a fine grit sand paper?